In Yvon Chouinard’s book, “Climbing Ice”, Chouinard discusses the roots of why we may turn our backs against the secure world that is protected by our inventions, and return to raw adventure. This short narrative is an excerpt from the chapter tilted ‘The Challenge’. Narrated by Jon Parkinson, Photos and editing by Don Pies.

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